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U.S. to send 4,000 troops to Poland

The move is part of a NATO plan to reduce fear of potential Russian aggression in Eastern and Central Europe.

By Ed Adamczyk
Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz (L) and the Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, General Frederick Hodges (R), hold a press conference after their meeting in the 11th Lubuska Armoured Cavalry Division in Zagan, western Poland on December 14, 2016. Hodges said that at the beginning of 2017, approximately 4000 U.S. soldiers are due to arrive in Poland. Photo by Lech Muszynski/European Pressphoto Agency
Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz (L) and the Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, General Frederick Hodges (R), hold a press conference after their meeting in the 11th Lubuska Armoured Cavalry Division in Zagan, western Poland on December 14, 2016. Hodges said that at the beginning of 2017, approximately 4000 U.S. soldiers are due to arrive in Poland. Photo by Lech Muszynski/European Pressphoto Agency

OSTERHOLZ-SCHARMBECK , Germany, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army plans to deploy about 4,000 troops to Poland in early 2017 in a demonstration of strength aimed at Russia, a senior U.S. military official said.

Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, said Tuesday the personnel would arrive in Germany and then be transferred to Poland. He made his remarks Tuesday at an army logistics school in Osterholz-Scharmbeck in northern Germany. He said northern Germany would be a logistics hub for U.S. troops deploying to Central and Eastern European countries.

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The placement of troops in Poland, part of NATO's Atlantic Resolve operation, is meant to secure peace in Europe and offer a show of strength to Russia, Hodges added. An armored brigade of the U.S. military, currently in Colorado, will also be sent to Poland.

NATO, at a July summit meeting in Warsaw, agreed to deploy four rotating multinational battalions, each with about 1,000 troops, to Eastern European countries to counter anxiety about possible Russian aggression.

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